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Grateful Dead Live at The Spectrum on 1987-03-31

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Grateful Dead Live at The Spectrum on 1987-03-31

Topics Live concert

Jack Straw-> Franklin's Tower-> CC Rider, Ramble On Rose, Tons Of Steel, Mama Tried-> Big River, Candyman, Desolation Row, Don't Ease Me In Touch Of Gray, Estimated Prophet, Terrapin Station-> Drums-> Space-> Uncle John's Band-> I Need A Miracle-> Stella Blue-> Around & Around-> Turn On Your Love Light, E: Brokedown Palace

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue The Spectrum
Location Philadelphia, PA

Source FM Broadcast (93.3 WMMR, Philadelphia) > Hi-Fi VHS Master> CDR
Taped by
Transferred by Scott Clugston


FM Broadcast (93.3 WMMR, Philadelphia) > Hi-Fi VHS Master> CDR; Seeded to etree by Scott Clugston


Reviewer: jakstraw - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 6, 2015
Even better than the version a week later up the turnpike at Brendan Byrne...This is tighter faster and more focused....and then followed by the blazing Franklin's...Just listen to the Audience go crazy when they hear the opening Franklins notes.....BTW, the Estimated is off the hook too...Holy cow....and I LOVE how it just melts into Terrapin...Lastly, the Drums are just bananas....
Reviewer: Mergz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 1, 2012
Subject: Is Jack Straw missing?
I clicked play on Jack Straw and it played Franklin's Tower. All the tracks seem to be one ahead of their titles. It sounds nice though.
Reviewer: t8r - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 3, 2012
Subject: Radio sound quality
The FM sources are probably dynamically compressed audio, common for radio stations to do. It makes instruments sound muddy and the crowd between songs as loud as the band; everything's raised to a similar volume, and it may contribute to the show sounding "energetic". The enthusiasm & strong playing here makes me want a good sbd, but I can listen with some nostalgia the stuff I used to tape off the radio.
Reviewer: fourempties - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 2, 2010
Subject: Ripping!!
And for all you audiophiles, this is actually the best source available on the archive.
Reviewer: PhillyPeacePipe - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 22, 2008
Subject: Classic Philly Show
I too just missed this show. My first show wouldn't be until the fall 87 run at the Spectrum. Man, I was one tour short of this show and I regret not getting on the bus just a little earlier cause this show is hot! The boys are sharp and crisp.
I don't even remember hearing this MMR broadcast. Don't know what I was doing in spring of 87. I Musta been out and about gettin toked and stoked. (They don't call me peacepipe for nothing)!

Anyway, back to the show. The playing here is passionate and Jerry is in fine form. You can feel the place crackling with energy right through this recording. All of that and along with the WMMR broadcast makes this a classic Philly Spectrum show!
Reviewer: citizenflyer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 11, 2008
Subject: Wish this was my first show....
Man, I wanted to go to this show. But since I was still two months away from my 17th birthday... My parents said NO WAY... Even with my older brother.
Had I been allowed this would have been my First show. On the night of the concert, I stayed home.. (not hard, since everyone was at the show), dropped a cassette in the recorder, put on MMR, did some bongs and taped/listened to the show. Up to this point my listening experience with the band was limited to studio albums, Dead Set, and the occasional Bootleg from either friends or such. Man I was not ready for what I was about to hear. I was allowed to listen to the show loud until 10pm, which was cool since my brothers system was SOA for 1987... (as I think back now, I should have given my brother the 2nd copy and keep the original, I put in the time... who cares if it was his stereo?) Anyway, Jack Straw, the way it starts is like jumping off a cliff... Its just there, and you know right away its gonna be a smokin' one... Same for Franklin's it too just comes out of nowhere after a very short pause between songs. After playing this on a pretty good set of Computer speakers, all the memories of that night and the rest of 87 came back to me, while I was dancing in the living room, not something I do very often, anymore anyway. I wasn't dancing that night though, I was laying on the bed with it cranking and just getting my first semi real experience with the dead. This tape would be heard almost constantly for the next 3-4 months. The tapes turnout very good sounding, considering the amatuer nature of their recording. Now like then, the stream has an air sound, not a hiss though, whatever it is, it doesnt detract from the experience.

Both set lists are top shelf.... No so-called "fillers on this night"... You gotta listen to this, it even now from an FM source still sounds, like another poster said exactly the way it did on the home system recordings, not great but pretty damn good.... The music, crowd, energy makes the minor sound problems subliminally eradicated. I will rate this a 4star overall, 5 for set list, 5 for the band, and 4 for the sound... Too bad this one cant be downloaded and played on todays systems, that would be incredible, enough to just drop it at the next get together of friends, crank it, scare the shit out everyone and see what happens...
Reviewer: Mr. Charlie - Lambertville - favorite - October 15, 2006
This show should be downloadable!!!!!!
Reviewer: aaron54de - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 21, 2006
Subject: Lots of emotion from Mr. Weir
A great show with a great set list, made especially charming as Bobby F's up seemingly every line in Desolation Row--yet makes a nice adjustment each time. Lots of passion in that one, too. It would be nice to download it, as you once could, but it seems once again some power/money-hungry vultures have decided to abuse the beautiful thing that is file-sharing. The last bastion of free speach is crumbling with a quickness.
Reviewer: mont - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 16, 2006
Subject: good show
this show broadcast on wmmr 93.3 in philadelphia for
everyone to enjoy. now, it's available in streaming format only. how times have changed. all these shows should be available to download.
Reviewer: R McFarlane - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 24, 2006
Subject: FM Broadcast true to original sound
I couldn't go to this show, but taped it from the radio, and this is what the tapes sound like!
Excellent playing, given the era(and the radio hysteria!).
Reviewer: BostonIndica - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 8, 2005
Subject: what a show!
get this fine show.
what a great setlist, loads of sweet jams...

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